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>> pelley: tonight the head of the c.d.c. says it's unacceptable. >> we have to rethink the way we address ebola infection control. >> pelley: after a nurse becomes the first person the catch the disease in the u.s. reports from manuel bojorquez and dr. jon lapook. and deborah patta on the so-far-losing battle against ebola in liberia. while the u.s. attacks isis from the air, it's counting on iraqi soldiers like him to defeat it on the ground. elizabeth palmer is in iraq. more protests in ferguson, missouri. vladimir duthiers looks at what's changed and what hasn't since the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man. and michelle miller on the national guard giving high school drop-outs a second chance. >> you're not going to quit on yourself. do you understand me?
stay motivated! captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. the head of the c.d.c. said today that the agency will double down on training after a dallas nurse became the first person to catch ebola in the united states. the nurse helped treat the first ebola patient diagnosed in this country. he caught the virus in liberia. there is a no trespassing sign on the nurse's dallas apartment and hazmat teams have been cleaning it. the city is now looking for a place to opinioner the her dog. we have a team of correspondents on this story. first manuel bojorquez in dallas. >> reporter: 26-year-old nina pham was part of the medical team that treated thomas eric duncan. two days after his death, the nurse developed a fever and on saturday tested positive for ebola. a hazmat team has been decontaminating her dallas apartment, but there is still concern here. gus shaw is the neighborhood
mailman. >> when the c.d.c. says you can't get it through the air, it has to be through bodily fluids... >> i believe that. but i want to make sure. i don't know if the person picked up their mail and sneezed on the mail becomes or what. >> reporter: officials still don't know exactly how pham became infected. texas health presbyterian said she wore protective gear, including a gown, gloves, mask and shield. the centers for disease control and prevention said there was a preach in protocol and the exposure may have occurred when the nurse removed the gear. c.d.c. director tom frieden. >> we have to rethink the way we address ebola infection control, because even a single infection is unacceptable. >> reporter: the c.d.c. instructed the hospital to use a buddy system in which workers supervised each other as they suit up or remove the gear. and spray down the medical team with a bleach solution after members leave a patient's room. it's unclear whether that was happening here.
still there is growing concern among the nation's nurses about what some call a lack of training. bonnie castillo is with the union. >> we wouldn't send our soldiers to war without weapons. sending nurses in without the appropriate levels of education, training or equipment is simply sending them in at risk to themselves, their families and patients. >> reporter: officials said the nurse here is in stable condition and one person she had close contact with before coming to the hospital is being monitored. there is still no considered on exactly how many other health care workers could be at risk of infection, but, scott, today the director of the c.d.c. said he would not be surprised if there were additional cases. >> pelley: manuel, thanks very much. as you heard, the c.d.c. is blaming the nurse's infection on a breech in protocol. our dr. jon lapook is in washington tonight with more about that.
jon? >> the present call for treating ebola is complicated. here's just one step from the c.d.c. guidelines, "as you are removing the gown, peel off your governors at the same time, only touching the inside of the gloves and gown with your bare hand," so the hospital staff in dallas may not have had time to properly train for a disease they likely never expected to see. we sat down with dr. anthony fauci, the head of infectious diseases at the national institutes of health, and asked about the challenge of training hospital workers. how long does it take for the workers to be adequately trained? >> it takes a while. it takes a while. it could take a couple weeks. it's not going to happen, like, okay, go through it once. >> in dallas we thought the protocol was -- >> quite frankly, the proof is in the pudding. the training was not adequate. the training was not adequate. we have to make sure the training is adequate so that if a patient comes into a hospital and that hospital is taking care of the patient, that it isn't
passive instruction -- read this, do that. it's active instructions. >> there are a lot of nurses and health care workers who are really protesting. >> exactly. that's the reason why the training needs to be ratcheted up in a very proactive way. >> do you think it's going to be done? >> it is going to be done. it is done. >> but saying it so and making it so are two separate things. >> they're doing it now. there is a c.d.c. team in dallas now that's on site monitoring things to make sure that that training really gets done. >> there are currently four centers in the united states where staff are specially trained on how to handle diseases like ebola. they have successfully treated five patients. dr. fauci says the government is considering using them for future victims but has to resolve issues such as how to transport patients without spreading the infection. >> pelley: jon lapook in our washington newsroom. jon, thank you. thomas duncan, the only patient to die in america, came here from liberia, one of the west
african nations that are ground zero for the epidemic. we were struck by these pictures from liberia, a woman saying good-bye to her sister headed to cremation, and the body of a four-year-old. of more than 8,000 cases in the world, half are in liberia. that is where we find debora patta tonight. >> reporter: like every public place in the capital these days, churchgoers must first wash their hands in chlorine bleach before going inside. it's hard to escape the fear surrounding ebola. the choir of the providence baptist does its best to raise flagging spirits. even as doctors use the pulpit to convey vital information. >> people are not special. >> reporter: health care workers like emmanual ekyinabeh work long hours under impossibly
difficult conditions. the suits they must wear are stifling and uncomfortable. dr. dan lucey is from georgetown university and is one of the world's top virologists. he works at a clinic run by doctors without borders. he told us the liberian health care workers are often ostracized. >> there's a very strong stigma against people who have either had ebola infection or anyone else in the family has or if you work in an ebola treatment center like this one. >> despite the daily tragedies, staff here embrace the slivers of hope, like these two patients who survived. now they dip their hand in paint, mark of defiance against a deadly disease. lucey told us about a family he helped treat, who thought their three-year-old was going to die. >> they were also both quite sick. but then they recovered adequately and took turn, the mom and dad took turns helping the three-year-old daughter. today it's one of the best days
of my life because they're survivors. >> reporter: it takes quite an emotional toll, doesn't it? >> but it's worth it. happy to be here. >> reporter: these stories are all the more incredible when you consider the conditions doctors like dan lucey work under. their protection suits are unbearably hot, they dehydrate quickly, so much so that when they come out of the isolation unit, scott, their boots are full of water and they can lose up to five pounds a session. >> pelley: debora patta at the epicenter of the epidemic in monrovia, liberia. debora, thank you. in another major story tonight, baghdad is close to being encircled by the islamic terrorist group known as isis. much of anbar province to the west and part of diyala province to the northeast have fallen. the u.s. is hitting isis from the air, but it's up to the iraqis to winton ground. elizabeth palmer met one of the generals. >> reporter: u.s. humvees on
patrol in a landscape that's hot, hostile and dangerous. but it's 2014. now the soldiers here are iraqi, and the enemy calls itself isis. general jabbar naeemal says the militants are local men who have a huge advantage over his troops drawn from across the country. >> they are learning everything about their area. the soldiers know nothing. >> reporter: yeah, that's tough. it's a bad time for the iraqi military. every soldier here knows the army is being routed by isis time and again, but general jabbar is one of a select group of commanders the u.s. and iraqi government hope will turn things around. he studied at the u.s. army war college in pennsylvania and he's learned a thing or two about morale in a climate of defeat. >> i should be very close to my soldiers. my soldiers should be very close to each other.
they should know how to defeat their enemy. >> reporter: they all have to stay close to the local people, who know better than anyone who is planting i.e.d.s or hiding guns. the strategy is working. after months of heavy fighting, iraqi forces south of baghdad managed to push isis out, but only with back-up from u.s. air strikes three weeks ago, which forced the militants to retreat over the bridge, blowing it up behind them. now they trade pot shots with the iraqi forces left on guard. [gunfire] but no one here is relaxing. general jabbar and his men may have taken this ground. now they have to hold it. but there was more bad news for the military tonight, scott. the army unit in the town of heat about 90 miles west of the capital was under attack from isis. today they pulled out, abandoned
their bases and retreated. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer reporting for us tonight from baghdad. liz, thanks very much. as you know, isis has beheaded four western hostages, two of them american. and now it's threatening to do the same to an aid worker from indiana. peter kassig, who has changed his name to abdul rahman kassig. in an interview with his parents, they describe seeing their son in an isis video on tv as they dined in a hotel restaurant. >> one minute you look at your scrambled eggs and you look up and there's football. the next minute you look up from your scrambled eggs and there's your son. and you sit there and you have to watch. everybody's draw in the place drop. you have to fake it, too, because you don't want the stand there and look callous, and inside you want the scream, "hey, that's my kid." just ate it and went back upstairs, took a walk.
>> other families in you situation have not spoken out like you are. why are you speaking now? >> they didn't speak out because one of the preconditions was if we went public he was dead. and we were all under that edict for over a year. but the dynamics are changed now. steven's family kept the secrecy and he was executed. peter's name has been listed. >> pelley: steven, of course, is steven sotloff, one of the two americans beheaded by isis. he was a journalist, as was the other, james foley. there were more protests in ferguson, missouri. we'll look at what has changed since the fatal shooting of michael brown. and severe weather threatens millions when the "cbs evening news" continues.
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days, protesters have filled the streets of ferguson, missouri, days, protesters have filled the after a white police officer shot and killed michael brown, an unarm black teenager in august. we wanted to know what's changed in ferguson since the shooting, so we sent vladimir duthiers to find out. >> reporter: as thousands gathered in the streets in and around ferguson this weekend, they were challenged to think about what happens here after the crowds and cameras leave. >> my name's frankie with the mighty 13.
>> reporter: a week before the protest, we went to see for ourselves and found 24-year-old frankie edwards alone, trying to make a difference. >> if you're looking for a job, let me now asap so i can get to work. >> reporter: edwards grew up here. he says he's trying to spread the word about free services like job training. in the aftermath of michael brown's shooting, a lot of political figures came to ferguson. do you think those people helped to change anything? >> no, sir. >> reporter: why not? >> because where are they now? what have they changed? >> reporter: in ferguson, nearly half of black men frankie's age are unemployed. the jobless rate for the city's black males overall is 27.5%, four times the national average. for white men here, it's 6.9%, and in this town, where 70% of the residents are black, five out of six council members are white, as is the mayor. rita days is the director of elections for st. louis county. >> if these young people truly want to get involved, they will
register, they will vote and they will continue to stay in the process. >> reporter: but just 12% of furg isn't's eligible voters participated in the last election, and only 4.5% of eligible new voters have registered since michael brown was killed. which might make some wonder: is this the sound of a new drumbeat for change, or just noise? vladimir duthiers, cbs news, ferguson, missouri. >> pelley: tonight a powerful storm system is sweeping through the nation's mid-section. 24 million people are in its path. at least half a dozen tornadoes have been confirmed today. one in arkansas had winds as high as 135mph. a mobile home was torn apart. one man inside was killed. his wife and two children were hurt. a young woman explains in her first television interview why she is ending her own life. that's just ahead. slow-roasted,
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>> a young woman with brain cancer has rekinled a national debate about the right to die, and she's just given her first tv interview to cbs "this morning." brittany maynad recently moved from california to oregon, which allows the terminally ill to end their lives with a doctor's assistance. she plans to do that november 1st, a few weeks before her 30th birthday. >> i don't want the die. if anyone wants to hand me like a magical cure and save my life
so that i can have children with my husband, you know, i will take them up on it, but we have not been able to find that, and the way that i would digest according to this disease is terrible. i can lose all sorts of cognitive ability, my personality, my memory. i may go blind. >> >> pelley: brittany maynad's complete interview tomorrow on cbs "this morning." in a moment, second chances. young folks who didn't make it through high school are trying to make it through something a whole lot tougher.
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stories high to reach to a cross bar a few feet away. it's part of an exercise to build trust and self-esteem. and it's one of the reasons she's here. >> come on! >> i can't, sergeant. >> reporter: her hesitation mirrored her hesitation in life. >> i allowed drugs and alcohol abuse to kind of take over my life, but before i realized all that, i made a really brash decision to try and end my life. that was kind of the turning point, kind of the climax of the story where it could go either way. >> reporter: but on this day, she took a leap of faith. [cheering] >> pull, pull, pull. kick those legs, kick those legs! good job. you got off. you got off it. >> reporter: the tears suggest she gained much more than confidence on the way down. >> that was you this whole entire time. i'm proud of you, kido. good job. good job.
>> reporter: but it wasn't just about one person. for all of the kids on this confidence course, it was about the value of teamwork, of someone believing in you. >> you're doing good, man, you're fine. >> reporter: for 16-year-old parker coker, it was about discovering why his life went wrong. >> you got to look ahead. it's not really easy the look ahead when you don't know how to, when nobody has really taught you how to. >> at this time, you tell me why you don't have your socks on. >> [inaudible]. >> oh, because my socks are stuffed. >> reporter: when 17-year-old marissa stowe arrived here, she lagged behind her classmates if drive and focus. she's also a year behind in school, but that's starting to change. >> i got my first a. and then i got another a plus in the next class. i usually get fs at school. so i just went to sleep when i did go to class. >> attention! >> reporter: the first two weeks ended in what's called a
red phase ceremony. it marks a turning point in the program. the students are now called cadets. they replaced the black t-shirts and gray sweat shorts with firmly pressed uniforms and spit-shined boots. the 54-cadet platoons are also given monikers like "wolfpack" and "panthers." >> hip-hop lollipop. let me hear my panthers rock. stay motivated! >> reporter: like all the cadet, edward tucker has had to dig deep to keep going. he says he used to let his gang member friends motivate him. now he looks to someone else. >> i have a picture of my little brother, two years old. i think about him. how can i change and be a better me so he can see that, and then maybe he'll just follow in my
footsteps. >> reporter: and several viewers have asked whether this academy is a way to recruit for the military. the answer is no. only 7% of graduates join the military. about 80% continue their education or get a job. and, scott, in our next segment, the pans of these cadets will get to see their young people for the first time since they dropped them off in july. >> pelley: michelle, you'll have more on the cadets and their progress on our web site, cbsnews.com. and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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